No matter how intense and difficult moving is, a week-by-week moving checklist can make it more manageable. Moving requires thorough preparation and strategy, so it would be ideal to start planning the move a few weeks in advance.
Here are some suggestions about the steps you may take before the moving day.
8 weeks before the moving day
– Before you start packing, get rid of all old, unused items from the attic, basement and storage.
– Research NYC moving companies you are interested in and contact them for further information. Request an estimate of moving costs. After that, compare different offers and choose one that meets your standards.
– Make sure to keep every moving-related document in one place – maps, estimates, receipts,…
– Establish your moving budget.
– When moving on a tight budget, consider some cheaper options, like moving in the middle of the month or week.
7 weeks before the moving day
– Think about all the paperwork that needs to be done. Have your and your family’s school and medical records transferred to the new area.
– Talk with your movers about the items they are not allowed to transport and find some other solution.
– Prepare your children for moving and allow them enough time to say goodbye to the friends and family.
– Check with IRS if there are some tax-deductible moving expenses.
– Start thinking about packing and collecting packing material.
6 weeks before the moving day
– Not all the items you own need to be transferred to your new place. Sort your possessions and decide what you really need. If there are items you haven’t been using for a while, just leave them behind, don’t move them to the new house. Get rid of all unused or unwanted items by organizing a garage sale, donating or giving them away.
– The amount of your possessions will determine the amount of packing material you need for the move. So, make sure to collect enough moving boxes, bubble wrap, markers in order to secure the items for the move.
5 weeks ahead
– Make a floor plan of your new home and plan the position of the furniture. Check if your old furnishing fits into your new place.
– Take measures of the furniture, doors and walls in your new house.
– Start informing your neighbors, relatives, colleagues about the move.
– If you are moving with a pet, make travel arrangements and visit a vet.
– Inform your landlord about the leave. Find out if you can have the security deposit back.
4 weeks ahead
– Check with your moving company if you need to purchase an additional moving insurance.
– Be informed about the items you have to carry with you – money, jewelry, documents, safe deposit content,…
–If you have some weekly or monthly subscriptions, make sure to notify all third party services about the new address.
– After you have collected moving supplies, start packing the items you use rarely, out-of-season clothes and other non-essentials. In order to make unpacking much easier, label the boxes properly.
– Reconfirm the moving date with your moving company.
3 weeks ahead
– Have the services like internet, cable, telephone disconnected at your current place and set up in your new home.
– The same goes for electricity, gas, water,…
– If you have some additional travel arrangements, reconfirm them, just to be on the safe side – flight tickets, hotel reservations,…
– Make a moving plan for your plants. Probably you will have to take care of transporting the plants, since your movers usually won’t do that.
2 weeks ahead
– Hire a cleaner to take care of the house once you leave.
– Close or transfer your bank account.
– Keep all your important documents in one safe place, available at any moment.
– Try to stick to your children’s regular schedule in spite of all moving rush.
– If you have a lot of frozen food, use it.
– Inspect your new city/area. Find out where the most important institutions are.
– If you need additional help on moving day, ask friends or relatives to give you a hand.
1 week before the move
– Have your car serviced and prepared for the move.
– Finish packing.
– Reconfirm the exact time, and terms and conditions of the move with your movers.
– Return items you have borrowed once.
– Clean all appliances and empty the fridge.
– Pack an overnight bag with the essentials you may need during the next few days.
– Make sure to have enough cash to pay and tip the movers.
– Ask your neighbor or relative to look after your kids and pets on the moving day.
– Prepare snacks and drinks for the moving day.